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However satisfying the tribute is to the performers and their friends, it is largely irrelevant to listeners. Fortunately, it accommodates repertoire choices which are excellent by any standards. The programme opens with Edward German's Suite for Flute and Piano, three attractive, loosely linked salon pieces.
Listen -- German: Valse Gracieuse (Suite for Flute and Piano)
(track 1, 0:02-1:02) © 2008 Divine Art Ltd
Three folk-song arrangements by Christopher Redgate, the flautist's husband, are the latest work in date (2002) but not in style. Free-composed sections, some of them technically challenging, successfully extend the traditional melodies.
Listen -- folksong The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies, O! arranged by Christopher Redgate
(track 6, 0:00-0:38) © 2008 Divine Art Ltd
Michael Head's By the River in Spring, complete with birdsong and rippling water, follows them very naturally and is followed in turn by the two most substantial works, the Sonatina by Arnold Cook and the Sonata by York Bowen.
Copyright © 15 May 2008
Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville, Australia